Automobile accident takes life of Vanderbilt police officer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Vanderbilt police officer died Wednesday evening after losing control of his vehicle while driving to work.

Douglas Bailey, 49, was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was taken for treatment after the 11:15 p.m. one-vehicle accident.

“He was on Interstate 24 westbound making the connection to I-440 westbound when he lost control of the vehicle on the slick surface and hit a tree,” said Marlon Lynch, assistant police chief at Vanderbilt.

Bailey had been with VUPD since August of 2002.

“He was extremely well liked,” Lynch said. “He always had a smile for you, and was a model for new officers that came in.”

Bailey is survived by his wife, Carol Bailey, and his parents.

Media contact: Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS

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